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Science and Natural History on BBC Four

Acting Head of Commissioning: Tom McDonald

Commissioning Opportunities

  • Seeking new event forms. What’s next after the ‘box’ format that’s worked so well on Afterlife: The Strange Science of Decay and Spider House?  One x 60 minutes or 90 minutes
  • Interested in ‘hard’ Science pieces which do a deep dive into big subjects
  • Big Science: Any shape is possible - up to 3 × 60 minutes
  • Natural History ideas must have a strong Science prism

Where are the opportunities available? 

Opportunities exist within the WoCC, Independent Quota and In-house Guarantee in 2015/16.


Science and Natural History on BBC Four has the freedom to go in depth and we relish revelation, often with levity and wit. The channel is the home of big thinking and alternative viewpoints and makes a unique offer to audiences of real complexity and richness of experience.

Programmes can revisit familiar themes but must do so in completely new ways, or take difficult subjects and make them accessible. Either way, subjects should feel focused and specific.

The audience for BBC Four is defined more by its attitudes and interests than by demographics. 

Find out more about the overall BBC Four channel strategy.

Our specific focuses are as follows:


How should I submit my ideas and who should I pitch to?

All proposals should be submitted via BBC Pitch to the relevant Genre Controller or Commissioner. 

Find contacts in BBC Science and Natural History commissioning.

Information reviewed 13 January

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